Ricky Gervais draws backlash for jokes about transgender people in new Netflix special

Ricky Gervais during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, on Sept. 14, 2009. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Ricky Gervais during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, on Sept. 14, 2009. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Celebrations, protests take place on Canada Day in Ottawa

Thousands of people wearing red and white and waiving Canadian flags packed downtown Ottawa to celebrate Canada's 155th birthday on Friday, while groups of protesters popped up around Parliament Hill to protest COVID-19 vaccines and federal restrictions.

Wellington Street in front of Parliament Hill on Friday evening, as Canadians celebrated Canada's 155th birthday. (Jeremie Charron/CTV News Ottawa)

Russian missiles kill at least 21 in Ukraine's Odesa region

A Russian airstrike on residential areas killed at least 21 people early Friday near the Ukrainian port of Odesa, authorities reported, a day after the withdrawal of Moscow's forces from an island in the Black Sea had seemed to ease the threat to the city.

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